Glenn Holstrom Memorial Fund
Glenn Holstrom, the ultimate “musician’s musician” who played and/or arranged the music of dozens of popular Northwest artists, has been dealing with mounting bills as he’s fought terminal cancer. He has been playing music professionally since 1969, however he's only been able to work intermittently since his cancer diagnosis in May 2011. With the progression of his illness, Glenn has been unable to work at all since this May. He's lost the use of his legs and is in continual, excruciating pain. With the cancer now spread throughout his body, Glenn is electing to opt for "death with dignity" in mid-September.
The purpose of this GoFundMe campaign is to raise money to help Glenn's wife Lynn with the financial burden she faces and to ease Glenn's concern with Lynn's predicament. It would be a huge blessing if this campaign were to reach its goal while Glenn is still here to know about it.
For those not familiar with Glenn, listen to what NW blues legend LloydJones wrote about him: “All Portland musicians know what a genius piano player, organ player, arranger extraordinaire, and treasured friend the great ‘G-Man’ is, but many of you fans may not. Glenn has played & arranged the music of Tom Grant, Lloyd Jones, Curtis Salgado, Ellen White, Bobby Torres, Dan Balmer, Paul deLay, Linda Hornbuckle, and dozens of others. Truly the ‘go-to- guy’ for all of us musicians. So many of us have said, ’you should ask Glenn, he'll know what to do.’ Yeah, baby...he's the man!”
Dear Friends and donors,
To all of you, thanks millions - Lynn and I are bowled over by your generosity and feelings. Lynn, in particular, has been just incredibly busy with last minute preparations, and these donations are for sure a comfort to both of us!! Tracy, your knowledge and drive are a wonder to behold!
I just want to add that I think "Death With Dignity" is a great thing and a definite step towards sanity and rationality - I'm glad I live in this place and time - and knowing you all, great musicians and great people.
Glenn and Lynn
The recent benefit at No Vacancy was uplifting and financially helpful, but the money raised only represents a fraction of what Lynn will need going forward. Glenn has been unable to work since May, so as you can imagine the bills have piled up. Now on top of that there are end-of-life expenses to deal with.
The greatest birthday gift for me today would be for all my friends to make a donation to Glenn & Lynn’s GoFundMe, as well as to share the fund’s link on their Facebook walls. You can also leave a comment (which I will forward to Lynn). Every little bit helps.
I think that what Glenn would want the most in his final day is the assurance that his sweetie will be taken care of after he’s gone. Don’t you agree?
Please do this, friends. Thank you.